[lg policy] Hoërskool Overvaal wins court case against Phanyaza Lesufi

Harold Schiffman haroldfs at gmail.com
Fri Jul 27 11:30:12 EDT 2018

 Hoërskool Overvaal wins court case against Phanyaza Lesufi

The court that Lesufi had not given enough consideration on whether
neighbouring English medium schools had enough capacity to admit the pupils.
By Siviwe Breakfast <https://www.thesouthafrican.com/author/siviwe/> -
[image: Hoërskool Overvaal.]VEREENIGING, SOUTH AFRICA – JANUARY 18:
Protestors gather outside Hoërskool Overvaal on January 18, 2018 in
Vereeniging, South Africa. Protestors were arrested after a police van
parked outside the school was petrol bombed. (Photo by Gallo Images /
Netwerk24 / Felix Dlangamandla)...
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Gauteng education MEC, Phanyaza Lesufi’s court battle against Hoërskool
Overvaal has not gone according to plan, *SowetanLive*

The Afrikaans medium high school made headlines earlier in the year after
55 English pupils were denied enrolment
<https://www.thesouthafrican.com/hoerskool-overvaal-protests/>, stating
that it had reached full capacity and could not afford to employ a handful
of English teachers who would accommodate the prospective learners’ needs.

The Constitutional Court ruled on Thursday that Lesufi had not given enough
consideration on whether neighbouring English medium schools such as
General Smuts and Phoenix high schools, which both fall in the same feeder
zone as Hoërskool Overvaal had enough capacity to admit the pupils.

*Watch: Hoërskool Overvaal protests continue as hundreds take to streets
What happened at Hoërskool Overvaal?

Hoërskool Overvaal saw the start of its first term for 2018 come under
threat as it faced protests over its language policy and perceived racism.

The school had been ordered by the Gauteng Department of Education to
accept English-speaking pupils and refused, taking the matter to the High
Court and won.

This saw hundreds march to the school, as the South African Democratic
Teachers’Union (Sadtu) gathered outside the school in protest over its
language policy, which it deemed as a means to exclude other racial groups
from admission.

Several other groups were also present at the march, as members of the
Congress of South Africa Students (Cosas), as well as the Economic Freedom
Fighters (EFF) were also accounted for, while parents and other community
members also pitched in to ensure that normal proceedings at the school

However, the latter was not to be as the pupils were told to stay away from
the school for a brief period for the sake of their safety.

One man who checked in at the school on Facebook invited the wrath of the
Democratic Alliance, which laid charges
of incitement of violence after he called on then-president, Jacob Zuma to
supply arms for “one bullet, een boer”.

*Read: More than an oppressor’s language: reclaiming the hidden history of


 Harold F. Schiffman

Professor Emeritus of
 Dravidian Linguistics and Culture
Dept. of South Asia Studies
University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, PA 19104-6305

Phone:  (215) 898-7475
Fax:  (215) 573-2138

Email:  haroldfs at gmail.com

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